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Capacity, Congestion at Ports Drive Shipping Costs Up Everywhere

In recent months, anyone whose business takes them through US ports has faced an increasingly chaotic and expensive environment. Despite a robust economy and higher-than-expected export volumes, shippers are facing thinner profit margins as they run into a trucking bottleneck. …

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Transatlantic Reliability is Plummeting. Here’s Why.

In recent months, shippers and freight forwarders have noticed a precipitous drop in the reliability of transatlantic carrier schedules. According to JOC, in 2017, reliability on westbound transatlantic routes fell 10.5 percent to 67.4 percent, while eastbound routes fell …

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What Trump’s Threats to Free Trade Mean for Exporters

The Trump Administration has made it clear that its “America First” philosophy is incompatible with many of the free trade agreements which have been the cornerstones of American trade policy for decades. In the year since taking power, the Trump …

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Sky-high Air Freight Rates Show No Signs of Coming Down

Shippers trying to secure air freight in recent weeks have found themselves caught in an unexpected rate hike and capacity crunch, as rates doubled and even tripled, particularly for cargo passing through Europe or Asia. The holidays are over, but …

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Women in Trucking Need a #MeToo Moment

The United States is in the middle of a reckoning about workplace sexual harassment and assault, and from Hollywood to Washington D.C., women in trucking are speaking up about the experiences that traumatized them and the working conditions that stunted …

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CRISIS: Retiring Truckers Face Bankrupt Pension Funds

Across the country, union pension funds are going bankrupt, leaving thousands of retiring truckers wondering what is to become of their hard-earned benefits. The Pension Rights Center reports that roughly one million Americans are covered by funds on the verge

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Trucking Eyes NAFTA Overhaul with Apprehension and Hope

Shippers, carriers, and logistics professionals are all watching closely as trade delegations from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico enter the second of seven rounds of negotiations to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Unfortunately for observers, uncertainty abounds …

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In Search of Stability, Trucking Moves to Dedicated

Dedicated trucking’s popularity is on the rise, as both shippers and carriers embrace it as a way to guarantee capacity and escape the volatility that has engulfed the industry as a whole. According to A.C. Kearney’s 2017 State of Logistics …

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Have We Reached the Peak – Cosco and OOCL Merger

On July 1, China’s state-owned Cosco Shipping Holdings announced a bid to purchase a controlling share of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. (OOIL) for a staggering $6.3 billion. Cosco’s acquisition of OOIL marks the latest (and possibly the last) in …

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Congress Moves to Stop Shipping Alliance Collusion

Congress is eyeing changes to the Shipping Act in an effort to support domestic service providers in rate negotiations with carrier alliances. The tugboat industry has led the charge in protesting the alliances’ plan to jointly negotiate for contracts, …

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